Hello Old Friend

by HEAB on February 2, 2010


Yes, this morning it was Oats in a Jar. Oh how I’ve missed you! I prepared 1/2 cup oat bran with water, added some vanilla and cinnamon, plopped it into a waning almond butter jar, and topped it with 2 TBSP whipped heavy cream and more cinnamon. I think I could have eaten this x 5. So good.

I ♥ chocolate. Oh, and I recently just discovered all the fun symbols I can insert with my blog publishing program. Danger danger ☢…evil ☠ chocolate pictures ahead, but don’t worry, chocolate is ☤ healthy. ☺

OK, so as most of you know, my favorite chocolate to keep around the house is…I’m weird, I know…the Bakers unsweetened chocolate baking squares. For some reason, I just love them. Plus, they are inexpensive, available at every grocery store, and the only ingredient listed is chocolate. However, Marla sent me some Scharffen Berger 99% chocolate baking bars, and they tasted way too bitter for my blood. I wonder what the deal is with the Bakers? Anyway, I couldn’t let all that Scharffen Berger go to waste. Such quality stuff! So, I made some homemade chocolate bars.



I simply melted down the chocolate on the stove-top over low heat, sweetened it a bit…just a bit, added some cinnamon and toasted almonds, and spread it out some parchment paper. I then placed it on a pan and let it sit outside in the cold. After the chocolate hardened, I cut it up into bite-sized bars with a pizza slicer. Perfect!

Speaking of yummy chocolate, you guys ever heard of nicobella chocolates? Well if not, you need to find some ASAP!


Reader Kendall told me about them, and the company was kind enough to send me a box of their vegan dark chocolate truffles. I tore into them immediately…



The box included blueberry almond, ginger green tea, pumpkin chai (my favorite), walnut flaxseed crunch, and sunflower banana butter. (Katie, I think they got the idea for that last one from you. ☺)These tasted amazing and so fresh. I loved the pumpkin chai, and the walnut flaxseed crunch tasted like it was filled with pure walnut paste. YUM! The blueberry almond was the only one I didn’t like so much, but I’m not a big fan of fruity chocolate flavors. Thanks so much nicobella. I so wish I could find your products in Nashville!!!

What about you? When you receive a box of chocolate truffles, what kind do you reach for first? I’ll grab anything that looks like it has nuts in it.